July 10th marked the grand opening for the Kamloops Museum & Archives’ Children’s Museum. After much planning the bottom floor of the museum is now kid-friendly and featuring a number of hands-on displays, as well as lots of great educational opportunities for young children.
My kids and I took my Mom along to check it out, just last week. It was a nice and cool place to spend a hot summer morning! We really liked it. As I was tucking my son into bed he asked, “Mom, can we go to the Children’s Museum again, tomorrow?”
The kids loved the big prehistoric water table with all kinds of real heritage secrets hidden within it.
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I love playing board games. I have said that before, I know, but I do. We love the connection of playing board games with my family and friends. We get to discuss things, strategize and adventure, all from sitting around the table. I love watching my kids learn, as we play games, as well. Numbers, colours, letters, patterns… it’s all there! Game-playing is an educator’s dream!
In the past, we have purchased our games from the coast, because we didn’t know anywhere local that carried the games we like. Well, I have just discovered All A-Board Games at 343 Seymour Street! When I called Derek to find out if he had a particular game in stock (Bohnanza, and he does), I learned some other very useful facts.
Meg Wallner is Mommy to one, jewelry-maker, and a freelance writer from Kamloops.
My family and I just visited the Little Farmers Petting Zoo in Westsyde. My daughter, who is 16 months, had a blast! Never had she seen so many different animals that children don’t get to see on a daily basis. There were a variety of exotic birds, like Polish and Bantam chickens, along with regular barnyard chickens, ducks, emus, peacocks and pheasants. Also a sight to see, are the large turkeys, called Bronze Wild turkeys. The animals were rather friendly too, the goats and ducks come right up to the fence, hoping for a treat or two. At one point during our visit to the zoo, one of the goats was in the old car in the goat pen. It was quite comical.
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My husband and I really enjoy playing games together and with friends. Board games. Some of our favourites are Robo Rally, Settlers of Cataan, Pandemic, Bohnanza and Ticket to Ride. They are a great way to spend an evening with friends, discussing life, kids and just having a good time together. As the kids have grown up watching us play games, they have learned them, too. We love games, and now, they do too.
We have an entire shelf devoted to games that we can play with our kids. There are some that we love and play over and over, then others that I have been known to avoid playing (you know what I mean, right?). Labyrinth is one of the classics that I can play over and over and never tire of. The box says 7 years and up, but my four-year-old understands the strategy and can figure out how to reach his next objective with only a few moves! We’ve had the game since Christmas and I can’t believe the improvement that I have seen in his ability to watch what is happening on the board and decide what to do next. Sometimes, he even shows me something that I am missing! I love it when he says “M-om! You just need to do this to get to the ______. Here, let me help you.”
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